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Continental and Vodafone collaborate on road safety

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Vodafone and Continental have announced a new innovation-driving partnership at CeBIT aiming to improve the safety of German roads with smart vehicle connectivity and they will be collaboratively developing innovations to protect all road users.

The telecommunications group and the technology company are already working a digital shield for pedestrians and a traffic jam warning system are two of the focal projects. They will be implemented with 5G, cellular vehicle-to-everything (cellular V2X) and mobile edge computing.

The companies say the traffic accident rate is at its highest level ever, with 7,100 incidents occurring every single day on German roads.  They call the consequences “shocking” with around 1,060 injuries and nine deaths every day according to the Federal Statistical Office.

Vodafone and Continental say they are committed to reducing the accident rate with new connectivity technologies in a collaboration to improve road safety. The two partners are testing out new concepts that they say will benefit drivers, pedestrians and cyclists at the 5G Mobile Lab in Aldenhoven.

The partners say they are optimising the wireless network to cope with the “immense data requirements” of the automotive industry at the 5G Mobility Lab. “Tomorrow’s fully automated vehicles will generate up to one gigabyte of data every minute, some of which will be shared with other road users,” the companies say. “5G, the next generation of cellular network technology, will be capable of processing up to 10 gigabits of data per second and make it possible for millions of cars to communicate with each other simultaneously. Road users can only warn each other of potential hazards if they are able to share data in real time. Cellular V2X technology makes that possible because it connects the vehicle to the cloud and facilitates information sharing between vehicles or between vehicles and other road users. Continental and Vodafone are also testing mobile edge computing technology – a technology that enables cloud computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the cellular network. This technology significantly reduces both the volume of data to be transmitted and the transmission path, and puts information processing speeds into an entirely new dimension.”

“A mobile phone with a digital shield function can save lives on the roads,” said Vodafone CEO Hannes Ametsreiter. “Collaborations spawn innovations, and innovations mean progress. Progress that will revolutionise our roads.”?????

Johann Hiebl, Head of the Infotainment and Connectivity Business Unit at Continental, commented, “Continental has been working to connect vehicles to each other and to the infrastructure for more than 20 years. Today’s vehicles need superior automotive technology and superior connectivity technology. The cooperation with Vodafone brings experts from both worlds together to develop solutions with smart communication technologies such as 5G, cellular V2X and mobile edge computing that make our roads safer.”


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